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A bill to change the way multi-state corporations calculate their profits for Louisiana tax purposes picked up a mystery amendment on the House floor Thursday. At least, it was a mystery to its author, Oil City Rep. Jim Morris.

“If I was to be honest and tell you I had to explain it, I’d be a dead person,” Morris told the House.

Ochsner Health System

House Appropriations asked DHH for an update on the upcoming budget Thursday.

“The deficit in our budget is $174.5 million in State General Fund,” Health Secretary, Dr. Rebekah Gee reported.

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On Wednesday, House Ways and Means took up tax-raising measures that could help fill the $600 million budget gap the state is facing next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

S. Lincoln

“Don’t make any plans yet,” House Speaker Taylor Barras told the lower chamber’s members. “We have only next week and four days after that to complete the work – not counting the weekend dates.”

Barras is apparently attempting better play clock management in this second special session than during the first special session earlier this year, as he gave representatives a rundown of the plan of attack.

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Jun 8, 2016

After being AWOL much of the last two days of the regular session, House Ways and Means chairman Neil Abramson had some explaining to do about the failure to pass the Capital Outlay bill on Monday.

All he would say to the full House then was, “The legal and technical issues did not allow this to be fixed, and did not allow this to be fixed in conference committee.”

But when he got before his own committee Tuesday, Abramson was more forthcoming. Of course, he was asking for their support on the new versions of the state construction bills.